The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology

The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology announces winners from the 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference

The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) was a proud sponsor of the prizes for the best Viticulture and Winemaking research presentations in the ‘Fresh Science’ sessions and the ‘In the Wine Light’ student forum, held during the 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC) in Adelaide.

"The ASVO is committed to supporting the rich talent in viticulture and wine research" said ASVO president Dr Mardi Longbottom. "The ASVO supports early-career researchers to share their stories of discovery and provides opportunities for sharing professional knowledge, skills and attitudes in viticulture and oenology".

The Fresh Science research presented at the AWITC underwent two rounds of judging with two prizes being awarded for the best Viticulture and Oenology research. Dr Keren Bindon, Senior Research Scientist at the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) was awarded the Viticulture prize for her research on objective measures of grape quality. Dr Bindon’s research assessed the ability to predict grape grading allocations using targeted and non-targeted chemical measurements. "A strong prediction of quality grade, in some cases up to 96% accuracy was achieved", said Dr Bindon. "The work shows that the potential exists for objective chemical measures to be defined, requiring refinements by variety and calibration across multiple vintages". The best Oenological research presentation prize was awarded to Marta Avramova, PhD Student at the University of Bordeaux, France, and the University of Adelaide. The judges were impressed with Marta’s work which focuses on the ability of different strains of the wine spoilage organism ‘Brett’ to survive in the presence of sulphur dioxide. "Brettanomyces bruxellensis is highly adapted to the winemaking process" said Marta who hopes that this work will assist the wine industry to better understand and control Brett in the winery.

The student forum, In the Wine Light’ was a rapid-fire challenge which saw fourteen post graduate students present their research on one slide in just three minutes. To add to the challenge, each student was appraised by an esteemed judging panel and also by the audience which included many of the international speakers from the AWITC.

The winner of the Judges’ prize was Jasmine Peter, a final year PhD scholar from the University of Adelaide, who presented her research into the use of a yeast gene deletion library to identify genes that positively and negatively influence fermentation under limited nitrogen conditions. The people’s choice was awarded to Chen Liang, also a PhD scholar from the University of Adelaide. Chen charmed the audience with her presentation on a new technique involving magnetic imprinted polymers to eliminate excessive methoxypyrazines from wines.

Winners received a$500 cash prize, complimentary membership to the Society and a coveted ASVO scarf.

The 2016 winners are as follows:

Best Viticultural research presentation - AWITC Fresh Science
Dr Keren Bindon, Senior Research Scientist, The Australian Wine Research Institute
Objective measures of grape quality

Best Oenological research presentation - AWITC Fresh Science
Marta Avramova, PhD Student
University of Bordeaux/ISVV/ University of Adelaide

Best Student Presentation -In the wine light (Judges’ choice)
Jasmine Peter PhD scholar University of Adelaide

Best Student Presentation - In the wine light (People’s choice)
Chen Liang University of Adelaide

The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) is a non-political organisation serving the interests of practising winemakers and viticulturists by encouraging the exchange of technical information. One of the purposes of the ASVO is "to promote the advancement of professional knowledge, skills and attitudes, in the fields of viticulture and oenology, in members of the Society".

For further information please contact:
Chris Waters Phone: 0488 488 416
Email: asvo@asvo.com.au